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FORCE INDY EXPANDS REACH & FOCUS IN 2023 WITH HMD MOTORSPORTS

Force Indy’s presence throughout INDYCAR paddock areas will expand in 2023, with two drivers running under the program’s banner as part of established teams competing in the ladder system for North America’s premier open wheel racing series.

Ernie Francis Jr. will pilot the No. 99 Force Indy entry as part of HMD Motorsports in Indy Lights. In addition, Myles Rowe will complete the full USF Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires season in the the No. 99 for Pabst Racing under the Force Indy banner.

“Force Indy already has a lot to celebrate,” said Force Indy Team Owner Rod Reid. “In 2021, we made history as the first African American-owned team and driver to win an INDYCAR-sanctioned race. Now we are aligning ourselves with two championship caliber teams as we seek growth and continued success both on and off the track.”

Force Indy’s original presence was established as a single-car team entry competing in Indy Lights and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship in 2022 and 2021, respectively. However, starting with the upcoming racing season, focus will shift toward establishing a program that sponsors multiple drivers at top teams while fostering additional pathways for diverse talent across the motorsports spectrum.

At HMD Motorsports in 2023, crew members who worked on Francis Jr.’s car during the 2022 season will return in official roles. Reid will continue to mentor both Force Indy drivers, in addition to running the NXG Youth Motorsports program, which annually introduces more than 150 diverse students to career opportunities in the racing world. Francis Jr’s car and equipment from the previous season will transfer to HMD Motorsports as it expands its multi-car team.

In December 2020, African American business leader and former racing team manager Rod Reid partnered with Penske Entertainment’s Race for Equality & Change to establish Force Indy, with a focus on hiring men and women of color, including mechanics, engineers, staffers and drivers. During its inaugural season in the USF2000 Championship, the team won its first race, in thrilling fashion, at New Jersey Motorsports Park with driver Myles Rowe.

Since its inception, Force Indy has delivered upon its vision to grow motorsports ethnically, educationally and across gender. To date, it has introduced several individuals of color to motorsports. The team will continue to focus on developing diverse talent in motorsports.

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HMD MOTORSPORTS INKS JOSH PIERSON TO MULTI-YEAR CAMPAIGN

The rumors of Josh Pierson combining his sportscar effort with some open-wheel racing in North America began a few weeks ago and today, those rumors turned into facts. Inking a deal with the championship-winning HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing program for a campaign in the 2023 Indy Lights series, the 16-year-old Pierson is set to begin his climb towards the pinnacle of open-wheel racing in North America.

“I am excited to start the next chapter of my motorsports career,” expressed an excited Pierson, who turned 16 years of age earlier in 2022. “While I will continue on with United Autosport in WEC (World Endurance Championship), I could not pass up the opportunity to join HMD Motorsports and further my open-wheel racing career in North America.”

Behind the wheel, since he was just two years old, Pierson already has a long list of accomplishments and the young driver’s resume grows more today by becoming a driver for the potent HMD Motorsports efforts.

Pierson has been re-writing the history books for several years, collecting accolades and victories as he progresses towards a professional motorsports career. Josh began racing open-wheel cars just a few years ago at thirteen; at ages fourteen and fifteen, he was the youngest driver on the grid in the Road to Indy’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship. At the beginning of 2022, he became the youngest driver to participate in IMSA’s Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Just two months later, he earned the title of the youngest race winner in the FIA’s World Endurance Championship (WEC) with a victory at the 1000 Miles of Sebring. As of June 2022, Josh became the youngest starter in the history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and finished sixth in the LMP2 class and tenth overall.

Now, just one rung of the ladder away from the NTT INDYCAR Series, Pierson is ready to attack North America’s highest level of junior open-wheel racing as the youngest competitor.

Pierson added, “Age is just a number and on the track, we are all racers and competitors. It is not going to be easy, but I have my personal goals set, and the team has goals for me as well. I am ready to get started later this week.”

“Josh has proven himself in all forms of motorsports,” explained HMD Motorsports General Manager Mike Maurini. “For his young age, he has been extremely impressive in the sportscar ranks and shown that he has what it takes to be a champion in every discipline. We welcome him to the HMD Motorsports family and look forward to watching him progress in the future.”

Josh Pierson will make his 2023 Indy Lights testing debut on October 21st at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with HMD Motorsports.

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RASMUS LINDH IS BACK IN INDY LIGHTS WITH SUPPORT FROM GARAGE XYZ AS HE JOINS HMD MOTORSPORTS WITH DALE COYNE RACING

It is a return to the INDYCAR Ladder Series for Rasmus Lindh as he joins HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing with support from GarageXYZ. Set to pilot the #10 GarageXYZ entry from the potent and championship-winning HMD Motorsports stable, Lindh will make his return to the Indy Lights paddock with one goal: to win.

“When the opportunity to join HMD Motorsports came, it was a pretty easy decision for myself and the team I have around me,” expressed Rasmus Lindh. “A huge thank you to GarageXYZ, Peter Miller, Stefan Johansson, and every single person I have in my corner. I am happy to be back, and I will not disappoint!”

Earning himself three wins, eighteen podium results, seven pole positions, and seven fast lap honors in 2018 and 2019 where he competed in both the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, Lindh chalked up a pair of vice-championship honors. With a stint in sportscar racing and a return to Indy Lights in late 2021, Lindh is now set for his 2023 season campaign with a real shot at winning that elusive championship and opportunity to level up to the NTT INDYCAR Series.

Lindh continued, “The goal has always been INDYCAR, and sometimes there is a direct path, and sometimes you must take an alternate route. I am happy to be back and am ready to get to work for myself, my team, and my partners.”

“When we learned about Rasmus and his story, the goal was clear: find any way possible to get him into a seat so the world can know about his talent. He is the real deal, and our partnership with HMD Motorsports gives us a lot of confidence in the 2023 season,” added Peter Miller, COO of GarageXYZ.

GarageXYZ is a community-led automotive brand built to provide their membership with best-in-class access to the world of motorsport. They are throwing their weight behind Rasmus Lindh after successful sponsorships with Scott Dixon at the Indianapolis 500, Julia Landauer in the NASCAR Xfinity Series event at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and Jota Sport during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“Rasmus was a part of HMD Motorsports in our 2020 preseason test program and performed well, topping the charts on multiple occasions including the series test at Sebring in December,” expressed HMD Motorsports General Manager Mike Maurini. “He is a driver you want in your program rather than racing against your program. With experience in the Road to Indy, Rasmus has a real shot at taking his talents to INDYCAR in 2024.”

Rasmus Lindh will make his 2023 Indy Lights testing debut on October 21st at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with HMD Motorsports.

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KYFFIN SIMPSON REJOINS HMD MOTORSPORTS FOR 2023 CAMPAIGN

After joining HMD Motorsports part way through the 2022 season, Kyffin Simpson will return to the team in 2023 for his sophomore year in Indy Lights. With an extensive off-season test program, including competition in IMSA events, Simpson will look to turn heads when the green flag flies at the start of the 2023 season.

This past year in his rookie Indy Lights campaign, Simpson finished the season with a best finish of fifth at Barber Motorsports Park, which he then duplicated in the first race of the Detroit Grand Prix. After moving to HMD Motorsports for the ninth round at Iowa Speedway, Simpson began to settle in with the team. Since joining the team, Simpson has been able to build a strong working relationship with the crew and will be able to carry the positive momentum into the upcoming season.

“I’m excited to continue working with a team that understands how to win. I feel I’ve progressed as a driver since joining HMD earlier this year, and I am confident we can build on that momentum to have a much stronger season.

HPD and Chip Ganassi Racing have been very supportive in the off-season, culminating in a crazy win at Petit Le Mans. It felt good to get back on the top step.

In 2023 we have the tools and the people around me to deliver a step forward in performance. Race wins and podiums are the goal.”

Moving up from karting at 15 years old, Simpson began his open-wheel career in 2020 where he competed for the first half of the season in the Formula 4 United States Championship powered by Honda, before moving up to the Formula Regional Americas Championship powered by Honda. The following season, Simpson returned to FR Americas. In his second season, Simpson dominated the field, claiming seven wins and six additional podiums on his way to winning the championship title. During the same year in 2021, Simpson also began his Road to Indy quest and competed in Indy Pro 2000 presented by Cooper Tires where he finished with three podiums and was seventh in the championship.

Just two weekends ago, Kyffin Simpson was part of the race winning GTD effort at the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Piloting an Acura NSX with a pair of co-drivers over the 10-hour event, Simpson set stint-topping lap times en route to first in GTD, as well as overall top GT finisher.

“We welcome Kyffin to the team for his first full season with HMD Motorsports,” explains HMD General Manager Mike Maurini. “Understanding what is needed to win for Kyffin and his management program has put the right people in the right places for success in 2023 and beyond.”

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CHRISTIAN RASMUSSEN MAKES SWITCH TO HMD MOTORSPORTS FOR 2023

A championship-winning driver in the Road to Indy, Christian Rasmussen will be returning to the Indy Lights program for the second season in 2023 – this time with the championship-winning team, HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing in the #6 entry. As the fourth driver announced for HMD Motorsports, Rasmussen will be one of eight drivers entered by the team.

“I am excited to get a new year of Indy Lights racing going and look forward to joining HMD Motorsports,” expressed Christian Rasmussen. “I learned a lot last year in my rookie season and was able to score a pair of victories. I am excited to work with everyone at HMD including my new engineer Yancy (Diotalevi) as we aim to hit the ground running on our first two test days later this month.”

Last season, Rasmussen entered his first Indy Lights season where he finished sixth in the championship after claiming two wins and three additional podiums. Ending the 2022 season strong, Rasmussen carries momentum into 2023 as the most recent race winner claiming the pole position and finishing on the podium’s top step in the season’s finale race at the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Prior to competing in Indy Lights, Rasmussen successfully worked his way up the Road to Indy ladder. Completing two years of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship in 2019 and 2020, Rasmussen won a combined 12 races before winning the championship in 2020. He then moved up to Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires and again claimed the championship with seven wins and five additional podium results.

With a combined total of 21 wins, 13 additional podiums, and eight pole positions throughout his tenure in the Road to Indy, Rasmussen is sure to be a championship contender in the upcoming Indy Lights season and will bring an additional year of experience to the team.

“I am confident that Christian will be a championship contender in one of our cars,” explained HMD General Manager Mike Maurini. “Coming off a pair of wins in 2022, showing speed at several races, and now with a year’s worth of experience, we have very high hopes for Christian.”

Stay tuned for more news from HMD Motorsports in the very near future.

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NOLAN SIEGEL CONFIRMS FULL-TIME JUMP TO INDY LIGHTS WITH HMD MOTORSPORTS

After climbing the Road to Indy ladder, Nolan Siegel will be advancing to the Indy Lights Championship in 2023 driving for HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing. A race winner in the Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires and with one Indy Lights race under his belt at the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Siegel has confirmed his intentions to move to the top-tier of junior open-wheel racing in North America.

Last season, after the conclusion of the Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires Championship, Siegel finished out the 2022 Indy Lights season with HMD Motorsports in the final two races at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Without any prior testing in the Dallara IL-15, Siegel went out for his first Indy Lights practice and finished second against the seasoned Indy Lights field. To kick off his Indy Lights career, Siegel claimed a pair of top-ten finishes to cap-off his season and Indy Lights introduction.

“I was thrown into the deep end a little bit at Laguna Seca but enjoyed the experience and learned a lot,” explained Siegel. “The Indy Lights car is a whole new beast. It is heavier, faster, and takes a slightly different driving style. The tires had a different grip level than I was used to, and the push-to-pass option was also something new to me. After the weekend was done, I looked back and it was definitely not the results I would have wanted, but I also wouldn’t want to go into the first race of 2023 having not had the experience.”

Previously in the Road to Indy, Siegel completed three seasons of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship beginning in 2019 at the age of fourteen. Over the next two seasons, Siegel continued to improve. In his final USF2000 season, Siegel earned one win and four podiums. Last season, Siegel advanced to the Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires Championship. In his rookie season, Siegel earned two wins, four additional podiums, two pole positions and finished fourth in the championship.

After a successful first run in Indy Lights with HMD Motorsports, Siegel is set for a series of off-season testing in preparation for his first full season in Indy Lights this upcoming season.

“Nolan performed well at Laguna and during our new driver evaluation day,” added HMD Motorsports General Manager Mike Maurini. “I am expecting some big things from him in 2023 as he has surrounded himself with all the right people to have success.”

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DANIAL FROST EYES INDY LIGHTS CHAMPIONSHIP IN HMD MOTORSPORTS RETURN

Returning to the Indy Lights Championship, Danial Frost will compete in 2023 with HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing for a second consecutive season. Coming off a season that featured his first career Indy Lights victory, the Den-Jet sponsored driver is ready to continue what was started with the team as he competes for the Indy Lights Championship.

“I am excited to be back with HMD Motorsports and continue with the same program as I had in 2022,” explained Frost. “I have the opportunity for one of the first times in my career to work with the same engineer in back-to-back seasons which I feel will reap benefits. The goal is simple for us as a team in 2023, and I can’t wait to get started!”

Leading up to his Indy Lights campaign, Danial completed the lower levels of the Road to Indy ladder with a partial season in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship in 2018 and two full seasons in Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires in 2019 and 2020. Prior to moving up to Indy Lights, Danial finished third in the 2020 Indy Pro 2000 Championship as he ran a dual season that also saw him in the FR Americas Championship Powered by Honda. Since joining Indy Lights in 2021, Danial has earned one win, four additional podium results as well as three pole positions.

In his second season with HMD Motorsports, Danial Frost will return to competition with his same engineer, Mike Reggio, from the 2022 season as they continue to fight for wins and podiums. Having already developed a strong working relationship, Danial will be able to hit the ground running throughout off-season testing and into the 2023 season.

“It is great to have Danial back for a second season, and hopefully a championship-winning season,” explained HMD Motorsports General Manager Mike Maurini. “Danial returns to the team as one of the veteran drivers and a leader, so we are expecting big things from him. I know his goal is the NTT INDYCAR Series, and we hope that we can help him get there.”

Danial Frost will rejoin HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing on October 21st for the annual Chris Griffis Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before traveling south to the picturesque Barber Motorsports Park for the second off-season test on October 24th.

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CHRISTIAN BOGLE RETURNS TO HMD MOTORSPORTS IN 2023

Making the move to the HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing program for the 2022 season, Christian Bogle benefited from a multi-car program to help accelerate his learning curve. Closing the season with his best results to date in the Indy Lights program, the driver of the #7 Pelican Energy Consultants car is set for a return in 2023 with the championship-winning HMD Motorsports program.

“I learned a lot the past season, and I think consistency is key for me to continue the upward trend,” explained Christian Bogle. “I will be working with my same engineer for the second consecutive season which is something that I have not been able to do in the past and the same with my coach. HMD Motorsports is a proven winner, and I look forward to another season in Indy Lights.”

Coming off a career-best season that included a fourth-place finish at the Detroit Grand Prix and seven top-ten finishes, Bogle reflected on his time in the sport and this past season.

“I did not get a chance to start in karting like a lot of my competition and really jumped into car racing just four years ago,” added Bogle. “Jumping around from team to team for a while was tough, but I have found my home at HMD Motorsports and love it here. It was my best season in Indy Lights to date and while it was good, we still have a lot to improve on.”

Bogle added, “We have revised and set goals for pre-season testing and then for the start of the 2023 race season. We plan to evaluate those goals mid-season and see where we stand, what is needed to improve, and hopefully set new ones yet again. I know the season just ended but I am excited to get going again.”

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JOSH GREEN STEPS UP TO INDY LIGHTS IN 2023 WITH HMD MOTORSPORTS

A veteran of the popular Road to Indy program, 19-year-old Josh Green is now set to make his next motorsports career move. Climbing the ladder for the second consecutive season, Green will pilot an HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing entry in the 2023 Indy Lights Championship. Joining the defending champions, Green will be part of a large contingent of drivers that will be ready to take on a new season of competition in a new team and a new series.

“It is the perfect time to make the move up to Indy Lights,” expressed Josh Green. “The series is gaining a ton of momentum and to have the support from Penske Entertainment behind the program is great. Next year will provide a new challenge for me, but also for all the drivers in Indy Lights as we will make the switch to Firestone Tires.”

Green, who completed two seasons in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship in 2020 and 2021, amassed one win and five podium results. Prior to that, the New York native raced in the F1600 Championship Series claiming eight wins, eighteen podium finishes, five pole positions, and seven fastest race laps. This past season, racing out of the Turn 3 Motorsport program in the Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires Series, Green earned himself an additional four podium results including one victory, two pole positions, and finished fifth in the series title chase.

Green added, “I know I’m ready to move up. I’m prepared to do all that it takes to fight up front, and I know with HMD’s help my performance will take a huge step in the right direction.”

“Josh was very confident in all of our meetings, and we believe that he has huge potential,” added HMD Motorsports General Manager Mike Maurini. “While we expect some growth through winter testing as we do with any new driver, I believe that he will be a threat once we take the first green flag of 2023.”

Making the jump to Indy Lights with Josh Green will be the likes of Zimperium, a mobile security company, Lionfish Tech Advisors, JHG Investment Fund as well as Business and Leadership Growth Coach Mark Green.

Green continued, “A huge thank you to all my partners, supporters, and family for the words of encouragement and continued support. Looking forward to an exciting and successful 2023 race season.”

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HMD MOTORSPORTS CLAIMS FIRST CAREER INDY LIGHTS TITLE AT THE HANDS OF LINUS LUNDQVIST

The final event weekend of the 2022 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship and NTT INDYCAR SERIES took place this past weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, California. While INDYCAR had one final race, Indy Lights ended the season with a double-header weekend at the 2.238-mile facility.

After a dominating season, Linus Lundqvist had maintained a significant lead in the championship heading into the weekend. While he narrowly missed clinching the championship in Portland by one point, Lundqvist only needed to complete one lap at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca to officially claim the championship title.

In the only Indy Lights practice session of the weekend on Friday, HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing finished with four drivers in the top-five. While Linus Lundqvist, Benjamin Pedersen and Danial Frost have run in the front half of the field all season, newcomer and 2022 Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires graduate Nolan Siegel made his Indy Lights debut finishing second in his first official practice session.

While the weekend started off strong for HMD Motorsports, the team struggled in qualifying. For the first race of the weekend, Benjamin Pedersen was the team’s best qualifier in fifth. For the second race, HMD moved towards the front of the grid with Lundqvist qualifying second, Pedersen fourth, and Danial Frost sixth.

Saturday’s first race of the weekend showed little improvement for the HMD field of drivers, but Linus Lundqvist stole the show as he was officially named the 2022 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Champion after claiming five wins, four additional podiums, and six pole positions. In a dominating season, Lundqvist finished all fourteen races and finished in the top-five in all but one race. While HMD Motorsports took home the team championship in 2021, this is the team’s first driver championship since joining the series full-time in 2021.

The final Indy Lights race of 2022 resulted in a best finish of fourth for HMD Motorsports by Linus Lundqvist. Christian Bogle ended his season with a pair of top-ten finishes and Nolan Siegel capped his first Indy Lights event weekend with a ninth and tenth place result after putting up strong battles with full-time series competitors.

“It was great to win the title, but we do have some work to do at tracks like Laguna Seca,” explained General Manager Mike Maurini. “With the repave coming this off-season, it will be a fresh slate for next year’s race, and we are much looking forward to that.”

While the 2022 season just concluded, plans for 2023 are well underway. Recently announcing an expansion to eight entries in Indy Lights next season, follow along with HMD Motorsports in the coming weeks and months as driver announcements for the 2023 Indy Lights season and exciting plans for the future are announced.

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DOUBLE PODIUM FOR HMD MOTORSPORTS IN PORTLAND AS SERIES CONCLUDES THIS WEEKEND IN CALIFORNIA

In the midst of a West Coast swing, HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing is headed down the coast from Portland International Raceway to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca to end the 2022 season. One race remains in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES where David Malukas (Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports) is fighting to win the Rookie of the Year Championship. In Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, Linus Lundqvist is on the verge of claiming the Championship after earning five wins so far this season.

Last weekend in Portland, Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports led the entire weekend with Benjamin Pedersen finishing both practice sessions at the top of the charts. In qualifying, Pedersen again topped the charts to claim his first career Indy Lights pole position. Danial Frost and Linus Lundqvist, who had both been fast all weekend, qualified second and fourth with Kyffin Simpson and Christian Bogle starting from tenth and eleventh.

In the start of the Indy Lights race on Sunday, Christian Bogle, who was fourth fastest in the opening practice session of the weekend, quickly began moving up through the field. While still in the opening lap, however, another driver locked up while heading into the turn six braking zone and drove Bogle off course, resulting in an early retirement from the race. When the race returned to green on lap six, Danial Frost was in a three-wide battle for third when he was bumped off track and into the tire barrier. After 14 caution laps, the field remained green for the rest of the race. Linus Lundqvist maintained third while Benjamin Pedersen went on to claim his first Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires win. In dominating fashion, Pedersen held his competitors at bay and led flag-to-flag to lead every single lap and top the charts in every official weekend session.

Heading into the final weekend of the season, HMD Motorsports has had three separate race winners in 2022 led by Lundqvist with five wins, and Danial Frost and Benjamin Pedersen each claiming their first series wins.

This weekend, the Indy Lights field will complete their final two races, with one race on Saturday and one on Sunday, at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. For qualifying, the single 30-minute session will be divided into two halves to set the grid for each race. While two races remain, Linus Lundqvist is on the verge of claiming the Indy Lights Championship.

Tune in all weekend and follow along on the HMD Motorsports social pages for team updates as the 2022 season comes to a close.

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Weekend Schedule *all times ET

Friday, September 9
4:15pm – 5:05pm          Practice            Indy Lights
5:30pm – 6:45pm          Practice 1         INDYCAR

Saturday, September 10
12:30pm -1:00pm         Qualifying         Indy Lights
1:15pm – 2:15pm          Practice2          INDYCAR
3:20pm – 4:20pm          Race 1              Indy Lights
5:05pm – 6:20pm          Qualifying         INDYCAR

Sunday, September 11
12:00pm – 12:30pm      Warmup           INDYCAR
12:55pm – 1:55pm        Race 2              Indy Lights
3:00pm – 6:00pm          Race                 INDYCAR

All 2022 Indy Lights races will be available on Peacock Premium in the United States, REV TV in Canada and ESPN – Star+ in Latin America and Brazil. For fans outside of those areas, Indy Lights races will be available through the new INDYCAR Live! streaming platform.  INDYCAR Live! will also feature every practice and qualifying session worldwide. The award-winning INDYCAR Radio Network also will provide coverage of all Indy Lights sessions alongside the INDYCAR App Powered by NTT DATA.

INDYCAR Live! – Indy Lights https://www.indycar.com/IndyLights/OTT/IL-stream 

How To Watch – NTT INDYCAR SERIES
All practice and qualifying sessions for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES are available for streaming on Peacock Premium and INDYCAR Live! Watch the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix live on Peacock Premium and NBC. For all sessions, tune in to the INDYCAR Radio Network. For more information on international broadcasts, visit https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/international.

INDYCAR Live! – NTT INDYCAR SERIES https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/stream

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NOLAN SIEGEL SET FOR INDY LIGHTS PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES DEBUT WITH HMD MOTORSPORTS

After concluding his Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires campaign last weekend at the Portland International Raceway, Nolan Siegel has joined HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing at the Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca. Making his Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires debut, Siegel will pilot the #11 Menlo Ventures / GridRivals / Racing for RP branded HMD Motorsports entry.

After a successful new driver evaluation a few weeks ago at the Autobahn Country Club, Siegel was eager to make the move up the Road to Indy ladder and make his Indy Lights debut.

“We sat down as a family and evaluated the future,” explained Siegel. “The team was very pleased with my speed at the test, and I felt comfortable in the car. While we have not made any plans for 2023 yet, this is the perfect opportunity with a top-level team to evaluate my speed, experience, and knowledge in a race environment.”

“Nolan performed exceptionally well at our one and only test, and he is ready to make the move to Indy Lights,” expressed HMD Motorsports General Manager Mike Maurini. “Competing this weekend gives him a chance to gain qualifying experience, two race starts since it is a double header race weekend and interact with drivers that have been with HMD all season long. Additionally, he will learn where he needs to work harder to improve if he is to make the jump next season.”

With HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing on the verge of securing their first Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship, Siegel understands that he is entering a race-winning and potentially championship-winning program.

Siegel added, “What better opportunity could I ask for? To race alongside the names I have looked up to since I started my Indy Pro 2000 campaign and work alongside several of them in the HMD Motorsports engineering room, I know Indy Lights is the direction I want to move in the future as I look toward the NTT INDYCAR Series as my long-term goal.”

Catch Nolan Siegel and the complete HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing team on track this weekend at the Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca.

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Weekend Schedule *all times ET

Friday, September 9
4:15pm – 5:05pm          Practice            Indy Lights

Saturday, September 10
12:30pm -1:00pm         Qualifying         Indy Lights
3:20pm – 4:20pm          Race 1              Indy Lights

Sunday, September 11
12:55pm – 1:55pm        Race 2              Indy Lights

All 2022 Indy Lights races will be available on Peacock Premium in the United States, REV TV in Canada and ESPN – Star+ in Latin America and Brazil. For fans outside of those areas, Indy Lights races will be available through the new INDYCAR Live! streaming platform.  INDYCAR Live! will also feature every practice and qualifying session worldwide. The award-winning INDYCAR Radio Network also will provide coverage of all Indy Lights sessions alongside the INDYCAR App Powered by NTT DATA.

INDYCAR Live! – Indy Lights https://www.indycar.com/IndyLights/OTT/IL-stream

How To Watch – NTT INDYCAR SERIES
All practice and qualifying sessions for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES are available for streaming on Peacock Premium and INDYCAR Live! Watch the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix live on Peacock Premium and NBC. For all sessions, tune in to the INDYCAR Radio Network. For more information on international broadcasts, visit https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/international.

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HMD MOTORSPORTS ON VERGE OF SECURING FIRST INDY LIGHTS CHAMPIONSHIP

Five races remain for HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing in the 2022 season over the next ten days, with three races remaining in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship and two races in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. In the final stretch, HMD Motorsports will travel cross-country to the West Coast to finish the season with races at Portland International Raceway and the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Beginning this weekend in Portland, Oregon, Indy Lights will have one race on the 12-turn road course on Sunday September 4, just prior to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES race. Coming off a double-podium and placing three drivers in the top-five at World Wide Technology Raceway, HMD Motorsports is eager to finish the season by adding wins, podiums, and pole positions to the season results. So far this season, five of the current HMD Motorsports Indy Lights drivers have claimed top-five results.

Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports is also coming off a strong weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES after rookie driver David Malukas earned his first INDYCAR podium with a second-place finish.

Last year at Portland International Raceway, HMD Motorsports driver David Malukas claimed both Indy Lights pole positions and went on to finish first and second in the double-header weekend. Linus Lindqvist, now in his second Indy Lights season, walked away last season with two third-place finishes closely followed by Benjamin Pedersen who finished fourth in both races. After claiming four of the top-six positions in 2021, HMD Motorsports is confident in another strong weekend in Portland.

With the end of the season in sight, Linus Lundqvist has taken control of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship with an impressive 108-point lead. As the green flag flies for Sunday’s race, Lundqvist could earn enough points to officially clinch the 2022 Indy Lights Championship. In the battle for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES Rookie of the Year Championship, David Malukas trails the current leader by only eleven points.

Both series will have one practice session on Friday before a busy on-track day on Saturday with additional practice sessions and qualifying. Both Indy Lights and INDYCAR will race back-to-back on Sunday.

Portland International Raceway Weekend Schedule *all times ET
Friday, September 2
4:25pm – 5:15pm          Practice 1         Indy Lights
5:30pm – 6:45pm          Practice 1         INDYCAR

Saturday, September 3
12:00pm – 1:00pm        Practice 2         INDYCAR
2:15pm – 2:55pm          Practice 2         Indy Lights
3:05pm – 4:20pm          Qualifying         INDYCAR
6:25pm – 6:45pm          Qualifying         Indy Lights
7:15pm – 7:45pm          Final Practice    INDYCAR

Sunday, September 4
1:05pm – 2:15pm          Race                 Indy Lights        35 laps
3:00pm – 6:00pm          Race                 INDYCAR           110 laps

How To Watch – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires
All 2022 Indy Lights races will be available on Peacock Premium in the United States, REV TV in Canada and ESPN – Star+ in Latin America and Brazil. For fans outside of those areas, Indy Lights races will be available through the new INDYCAR Live! streaming platform.  INDYCAR Live! will also feature every practice and qualifying session worldwide. The award-winning INDYCAR Radio Network also will provide coverage of all Indy Lights sessions alongside the INDYCAR App Powered by NTT DATA.

INDYCAR Live! – Indy Lights https://www.indycar.com/IndyLights/OTT/IL-stream

How To Watch – NTT INDYCAR SERIES
All practice and qualifying sessions for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES are available for streaming on Peacock Premium and INDYCAR Live! Watch the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix live on Peacock Premium and NBC. For all sessions, tune in to the INDYCAR Radio Network. For more information on international broadcasts, visit https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/international.

INDCYAR Live! – NTT INDYCAR SERIES https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/stream

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HMD MOTORSPORTS EARNS DOUBLE PODIUM IN INDY LIGHTS WITH FIVE DRIVERS INSIDE THE TOP-TEN

In the final oval race of the season for both the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, HMD Motorsports left World Wide Technology Raceway with three podium finishes. In Indy Lights, Linus Lundqvist earned his sixth podium of the season while Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports driver Benjamin Pedersen earned his third podium of the year with a third-place finish. Topping off the weekend, David Malukas drove through the NTT INDYCAR SERIES field to earn his first INDYCAR podium with a second-place result.

With six drivers entered in Indy Lights, HMD Motorsports was instantly up to speed in the only practice session with four drivers in the top-five. Leading the pack was Benjamin Pedersen followed by Championship leader Linus Lundqvist. James Roe jumped up through the field to finish the session in fourth while Danial Frost rounded out the fifth-place position. In the final few minutes of the session, however, Roe hit the wall in turn two which resulted in extensive damage to his car. Fortunately, the HMD with Dale Coyne Racing crew was able to repair his car in time for the qualifying session that took place later that afternoon.

HMD Motorsports again showed their speed in Indy Lights as Linus Lundqvist claimed the pole position in qualifying and Benjamin Pedersen locked out the front row in second. Danial Frost was the next best qualified HMD car in seventh followed by Christian Bogle in eighth, James Roe in tenth, and Kyffin Simpson in eleventh.

With the NTT INDYCAR SERIES race taking place on Saturday night under the lights, the Indy Lights series headed out for their 75-lap race early Saturday afternoon. Taking the green flag, Lundqvist quickly pulled away with the lead as Benjamin Pedersen found himself in a three-wide battle for second while heading into turn one, but was ultimately able to maintain his second-place position. Further back, Danial Frost drove up two positions through the field and into fifth in the opening lap. Two laps later, Pedersen fell back to third while Frost battled side-by-side for fourth for three straight laps but eventually maintained his fifth-place position.

Eleven laps in, Christian Bogle was the first driver to pull into the pits after contact with the wall. After repairing his car of a broken toe link, Bogle was able to return to the race ten laps down.  Just past the halfway point, Pedersen moved back into fourth and took advantage of another driver’s contact on lap 52, moving back into podium contention in P3 followed by Frost in fourth. After maintaining a strong lead for 70 laps, Linus Lundqvist found himself battling for the lead with less than five laps remaining. Giving up the point with three laps remaining, Lundqvist was thinking big picture and crossed the line second, extending his championship point lead. Benjamin Pedersen put a pair of HMD Motorsports drivers on the podium in third.

Indy Lights at World Wide Technology Raceway – Race Results
P2 – Linus Lundqvist
P3 – Benjamin Pedersen
P4 – Danial Frost
P8 – James Roe
P10 – Kyffin Simpson
P11 – Christian Bogle

With three rounds remaining in the Indy Lights Championship, Linus Lundqvist maintains his lead by 108 points in the chase for the championship.

For more information on David Malukas’ exciting podium finish in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, head to DaleCoyneRacing.com.

HMD Motorsports is now preparing to head to the West Coast to finish out the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires schedules. Drivers will head to Portland International Raceway September 2-4 and then will head south to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca September 9-11 for the season finale of both series.

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HMD MOTORSPORTS SET FOR THE FINAL OVAL OF 2022

With less than a month remaining in the 2022 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, both programs are gearing up for the final oval race of the season. Taking place this weekend only ten minutes outside of downtown St. Louis, Missouri, World Wide Technology Raceway (WWTR) will host the two-day event weekend.

In preparation for the final oval race, HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing and the entire Indy Lights field completed a single-day test at the 1.25-mile track late last week. Leading the field in both the morning and afternoon sessions was Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports driver, Benjamin Pedersen. Behind him, the remaining five HMD Motorsports drivers also posted strong results. Danial Frost was the second quickest in the morning while Linus Lundqvist rounded out the top-three for the first session of the day. James Roe and Christian Bogle also found speed and finished the day with the fifth and sixth fastest times.

In INDYCAR, David Malukas of Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports was also able to complete a rookie test day at the track last Thursday where he posted the fastest time of the day.

After failing to finish on the podium in the previous oval race this season at Iowa Speedway, HMD Motorsports is eager to make a comeback this weekend with a strong six-car lineup.

Linus Lundqvist maintains control of the Indy Lights Championship with a 95-point lead after claiming five wins in ten rounds. Earlier this season, Benjamin Pedersen claimed three third-place finishes and Danial Frost is one of five drivers to earn a win. Both drivers are eager to return to the podium this weekend. Christian Bogle has continued to gain speed and consistency at every event. Both new to the team in the past couple of rounds are Kyffin Simpson and James Roe. Simpson’s first experience on an oval and with HMD Motorsports was at Iowa Speedway two races ago. Roe finished testing last week in the top-five after joining HMD Motorsports only two weeks ago and finished in fourth at WWTR last season in Indy Pro 2000.

Last season, HMD Motorsports had a strong showing at World Wide Technology Raceway in Indy Lights with David Malukas sweeping the double-header weekend. Also racing for HMD last season, Benjamin Pedersen finished with two third-place results and Linus Lundqvist finished fourth in the second race.

Taking place over two days, both Indy Lights and INDYCAR will practice and qualify Friday afternoon and into the evening. With INDYCAR running their one and only night race of the season on Saturday, Indy Lights will start the day in the late afternoon as they take the green flag on Saturday at 4:15 PM ET.

World Wide Technology Raceway Weekend Schedule *all times ET
Friday, August 19
1:00pm – 2:00pm          Practice 1         INDYCAR
3:10pm – 4:00pm          Practice            Indy Lights
4:15pm – 5:15pm          Qualifying         INDYCAR
6:15pm – 6:45pm          Qualifying         Indy Lights
7:00pm – 8:45pm          Practice 2         INDYCAR

Saturday, August 20
4:15pm – 5:15pm           Race                 Indy Lights
6:00pm – 9:00pm          Race                 INDYCAR

How To Watch – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires
All 2022 Indy Lights races will be available on Peacock Premium in the United States, REV TV in Canada and ESPN – Star+ in Latin America and Brazil. For fans outside of those areas, Indy Lights races will be available through the new INDYCAR Live! streaming platform.  INDYCAR Live! will also feature every practice and qualifying session worldwide. The award-winning INDYCAR Radio Network also will provide coverage of all Indy Lights sessions alongside the INDYCAR App Powered by NTT DATA.

INDYCAR Live! – Indy Lights https://www.indycar.com/IndyLights/OTT/IL-stream

How To Watch – NTT INDYCAR SERIES
All practice and qualifying sessions for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES are available for streaming on Peacock Premium and INDYCAR Live! Watch the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix live on Peacock Premium and NBC. For all sessions, tune in to the INDYCAR Radio Network. For more information on international broadcasts, visit https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/international.

INDCYAR Live! – NTT INDYCAR SERIES https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/stream

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